The one thing I am passionate about...
I'm passionate about Christ. Knowing Him has transformed my life. I love studying the Bible (full time graduate theology student) and love his beautiful world. I'm striving to grow closer to Christ and to love God and my neighbor better. I love hiking, backpacking, and being outside, and have dabbled in lots of different hobbies. I want to be committed to a simpler lifestyle. I'm happiest when I'm closest to God, people, and his earth, and I'm trying to say no to stuff that gets in the way of that.
I typically spend my leisure time
Hiking, being with friends, reading and writing. It's funny how being in school where most of my reading is chosen for me, just makes me hungrier to read more of what I want to read. Really rich, thoughtful novels are not always easy to come by, but they're the best. Backpacking, hiking, and just being outdoors is also a huge passion. The mountains seem to always be calling!
The most influential person in my life has been
Someone who loves the Lord and loves this world He made. I want someone who is striving to live a simple life to make room for God and others, who loves the outdoors, who can work hard, and who is okay with roughing it. I want to live a life that is close to nature, close to family, and close to God, and that is not preoccupied with society's ideas of success. I want someone who is committed to hospitality and to finding more and more creative ways to love and serve his community.
The first thing people notice about me
Honestly, it's often the fact that I'm barefoot. I don't like to wear shoes when the weather allows for it, so I usually leave them in my car or with my bike. Most folks back east will then ask me if I'm from the west coast...which I guess is a fair assumption, haha! If I am wearing shoes, it's probably my hair and my earrings.
The last book I read and enjoyed
I recently read "Jayber Crow" by Wendell Berry. I had never read Berry before, and this was one of those wonderful, truly American novels that spoke to the cries of my heart. He pulls readers in to the life of a small town in Kentucky, from the days of prohibition up until the 1960s. The book raises questions about globalization and the loss of traditional agricultural practices and lifestyles, not to mention questions about religion and what it means to be human. At one point, the narrator says he isn't sure if he's writing a book about heaven or hell, which I think is a question for many of us as we wrestle with the realitie
The three things which I am most thankful for
- The immense love of God and his constant provision for me.
- My family and my life's experiences
- Living in a world that in spite of human evil, is still full of beauty and life from God!
The one thing I wish MORE people would notice about me
Strange question...I suppose I have appreciated when people sit down to make conversation with me just for the sake of making it, at church, at a park, on the train, or anywhere. There are plenty of strangers who will only start talking to someone because they have some kind of agenda, or want to get something out of them. Having lived in as many cultures as I have, I've learned to smell those people from a mile away. But it's awesome when someone talks to me just because I'm there, I'm human, and they assume I must be worth talking to, and that fellowship is better than private silence.
Friends Describe me as
Dependable, Intelligent, Perceptive, Spiritual
A little more about me
I've lived all over the place, and in lots of different cultures, and that is a big part of who I am. While it has been tough not feeling rooted, it also enables me to relate with all kinds of people, which is awesome! Places I've lived include California, Washington state, Thailand, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and North Carolina. But, to be honest, I feel most at home out west. That's where I was born, where most of my family lives, and where I hope to move in a year when I graduate (though I'm flexible with that). I would love to one day have a true home somewhere, where I can garden, be a mom, show hospitality, and teac
What I like to read
Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Other
Books I've read
the lord of the rings, gilead, the chronicles of narnia, the brothers karamazov, tom sawyer, theology, philosophy and biblical studies of all kinds, poetry, church fathers, spirituality, poetry, and artwork
Sports I enjoy playing
Music I like to perform
Bluegrass, Blues, Folk and Traditional, Gospel, Jazz
Movies I like to Watch
Animation, Historical Drama
TV I like to Watch
I don't like to watch TV